Full Series: Reading With Purpose Book Group

Code: SL99910

Dates: March 2 - May 18, 2022

Meets: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sessions: 3

Location: Creutzburg and Online (Hybrid) 101 or 102

Course Fee: $89.00

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During the past several years, there has been a steady increase in the number of books being banned by schools and libraries in different regions of the U.S. What themes do these books have in common? What is accomplished by preventing access to certain titles? Booksellers, teachers, librarians and advocacy groups agree that blanket bans are not an appropriate response to topics that some find controversial. Indeed, after a book has been banned, the demand for it seems to grow. This spring we'll read three such books and discuss the conflict between censorship and intellectual freedom. Classes included in the series: "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks-3/1 "The 1619 Project" by Nikole Hannah-Jones-3/29 "This Book is Gay" by Juno Dawson-5/3
Fee: $89.00
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Creutzburg and Online (Hybrid) 101 or 102

260 Gulph Creek Rd.
Radnor, PA 19087

Claire Oshetsky

Claire Oshetsky is author of Chouette (2021) and two other novels. Claire lives in Santa Cruz, California, but she grew up in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and she credits her many, many visits to the walk-through Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute with first exciting her literary imagination.


Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon’s first novel, Disgruntled, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. Her debut story collection, Get Down, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honor, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Essence, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s, on NPR, and in several anthologies including The Best Short Stories of 2021: The O. Henry Prize Collection. Her latest novel, The Days of Afrekete, has been called “a feat of engineering” by the New York Times and “pristine” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Solomon holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the famed Iowa Writers’ Project. She is an Associate Professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at Haverford College.


Brad Stone

Brad Stone is the author of four books, including Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2021. It traces the transformation of Amazon into one of the largest and most feared companies of the world and the accompanying emergence of Jeff Bezos as the richest man alive. Brad is also the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which chronicled the foundational early years of the company and its founder. The book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, was translated into more than 35 languages and won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2017, he also published The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley. Brad is Senior Executive Editor for Global Technology at Bloomberg News where he oversees a team of 65 reporters and editors that covers high-tech companies, startups, cyber security and internet trends around the world. Over the last ten years, as a writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, he’s authored over two dozen cover stories on companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Softbank, Twitter, Facebook and the Chinese internet juggernauts Didi, Tencent and Baidu. He’s a regular contributor to Bloomberg’s technology newsletter Fully Charged, and to the daily Bloomberg TV news program, Bloomberg Technology. He was previously a San Francisco-based correspondent for The New York Times and Newsweek. A graduate of Columbia University, he is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three daughter


Ellen Trachtenberg

Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.



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